JEFFERSON CITY — Supporters of the Missouri Conservation Department are opposing a potential ballot measure on the legislature's ability to block executive branch rules.
A proposal by House member Jay Barnes would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment formally creating a legislative process to halt administrative rules deemed incompatible with state law.
A similar structure already exists but is not required by the Missouri Constitution.
Numerous Conservation Department supporters raised concerns at a House committee hearing Tuesday that the proposal could lead to legislative meddling in agency policies.
Barnes said that's not his intent. The Jefferson City Republican said he wants to ensure a balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.
The measure would require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate to block administrative rules.